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You want to work for an organization, but you can’t seem to find a public job posting. You’re not sure if there’s an opening.
You’re not sure if they’ll welcome you. You’re wondering should I apply? If I apply, how should I apply?
First things first…
Should you apply or reach out to an organization when they don’t have a job posting? Heck Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Three reasons:
They are constantly looking for the greatest resources because they know the greatest resources don’t always come along or are available when they need them.
Now start adding a zero to those numbers. If there are 100 people in the company, that’s ten to 20 people they’d likely trade out.
What about a 1,000 people in the company? That’s 200 openings, even if they don’t have extra budget to hire additional resources. There is still 10-20% of their organization they feel they can improve with better resources.
The ones who do, unless they’re sitting next to you watching this video, they’re not going to know exactly how to do that.
This is going to give the recruiters and the HR people and the hiring officials more time to give your submittal more care and consideration.
Now, how should I do it?
There are seven areas to address in your introduction or your cover letter.
When you want to target a company and don’t see a job positing, reach out with this cover letter (introduction, email, etc.):
The reason I’m writing to you is because I want to join your company. But, you can’t leave them there. You need to give them some context and some rationale as to why you want to work at that organization.
The reasons I want to work here are…based on my research…and then insert your rationale.
I offer X years of experience in this particular industry, doing these particular jobs which makes me a great fit to support your organization and the products and services it delivers. But you can’t leave them there. You’ve got to drive a little nail into this one. That’s number four…
Tell them about a significant accomplishment you know is going to be enticing and a great match for that company.
A particular accomplishment I’m proud of or a significant accomplishment or a major accomplishment is…and then tell them specifically what it is.
For most of you, this is your resume. But, I don’t want you to just point them to your [attached] resume.
I want you to tell them exactly where in the resume you want them to look for more evidence that greatly aligns you with what they need for their organization.
I’d welcome the opportunity to speak with you…
I want to thank you for your consideration…
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